What Does it Really Cost to Live in Canada?

Learn about the costs of living in Canada including Monthly Utility bills, schools, entertainment, dining out, insurance, taxes and all of the little things that make up the life in Canada so attractive for applicants from all over the world.

Restaurants
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 C$ 10.00 15.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 C$ 45.00 75.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 8.00 C$ 7.00 8.50
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 5.00 C$ 4.00 6.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 6.00 C$ 5.00 6.99
Cappuccino (regular) 3.50 C$ 3.00 4.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.99 C$ 1.50 2.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.50 C$ 1.25 2.00

Markets
Milk (regular), 1 liter 1.99 C$ 1.32 2.65
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.50 C$ 2.00 3.00
Rice (1kg) 3.35 C$ 3.25 4.00
Eggs (12) 3.00 C$ 2.50 3.68
Local Cheese (1kg) 10.00 C$ 8.00 14.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 10.98 C$ 8.10 15.00
Apples (1kg) 2.96 C$ 2.18 3.98
Oranges (1kg) 3.00 C$ 2.50 4.00
Tomato (1kg) 3.00 C$ 2.99 3.31
Potato (1kg) 1.93 C$ 1.00 2.20
Lettuce (1 head) 1.50 C$ 1.00 2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.00 C$ 1.75 2.69
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 C$ 12.00 18.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.75 C$ 2.00 4.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 3.00 C$ 2.50 4.60
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 10.00 C$ 9.00 12.00

Transportation
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.75 C$ 2.50 3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 81.00 C$ 72.50 100.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.60 C$ 3.30 4.42
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.83 C$ 1.50 2.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 C$ 28.62 38.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.30 C$ 1.20 1.35
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,300.00 C$ 20,000.00 25,000.00

Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Gas, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 177.70 C$ 114.37 250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.30 C$ 0.25 0.40
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 45.00 C$ 35.00 50.00

Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 50.00 C$ 40.00 60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 20.00 C$ 12.00 25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 C$ 10.00 13.00

Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 55.00 C$ 45.00 72.99
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …) 44.86 C$ 30.00 55.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 100.00 C$ 80.00 120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 100.00 C$ 85.00 130.54

Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 950.00 C$ 770.00 1,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 797.50 C$ 605.00 900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,500.00 C$ 1,200.00 2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,250.00 C$ 1,000.00 1,500.00

Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,592.19 C$ 2,539.00 5,651.05
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,591.67 C$ 2,000.00 3,928.83

Salaries And Financing
Median Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 3,000.00 C$ 2,500.00 4,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentanges (%), Yearly 4.00 3.20 4.90
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Last update: November, 2012 | Data by